|Special carpets just for the race!!|
|At the Expo with my first half marathon bib!! EEEEE!!!!|
|Thanking all of our fab friends and family for donating to our fundraising campaign!|
I ran with one of my teammates (who wasn't even PLANNING on running the whole time!) and had a blast. I won't lie, it was TOUGH. I trained pretty hard since September but honestly, I could have used another two months to train in order to not be hurting during the race. I also happened to hurt my left arch at our last practice and catch a stomach bug the Monday before the race. So, I was admittedly not in what I would call "race ready" physical condition as much as I would like.
Nonetheless, I FINISHED!! I ran/walked the whole time at a 1:1 interval. Lots of people do this on the Disney course, especially since the plans they offer have run/walk intervals. I highly recommend it if you're doing your first longer race. I felt much less terrible the whole time than I would have if I had tried to run the whole thing! I ran 14:35 minute miles for a finishing time of 3:11. My goal was to finish in less time than the course max (3:30) so I beat my goal and obviously set a PR!! Easy to do on your first race!
|WE CAN FLY!!|
If you're not running now, you CAN complete a half marathon. I pretty much went from couch potato to half marathon finisher in about 3.5 months. I recommend sticking to your training plan (like really stick to it, don't just say you are and then skip a run or two each week, you're only sabotaging yourself) and remembering that running or run/walking does NOT mean that you can eat crappy food and be unhealthy, in general.
AND - I did all my training as a vegetarian and then a (mostly) vegan! I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian for the first month or so of training and then I cut out all dairy and almost all eggs for the remainder of training. I still sometimes eat (overpriced) certified humanely raised and pastured eggs but I will most likely stop eating even those very soon, depending on where the birds go once they're done being laying hens. Anyway...as Matt at No Meat Athlete or any other vegan/vegetarian/plant based runner will tell you, it's doable and worth it!!
|After a hard-earned delicious lunch at ESPN Zone with friends! Look at that bling!|
Did anyone else run the Tinker Bell race?! What have you learned by running as a veg athlete!?